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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sanath back to hurt indians in ODIs

Posted by Hilal

During India’s disappointing outing in the Test series against Sri Lanka, one problem that they didn’t have to worry about was how to contend Sanath Jayasuriya. Having retired from Test cricket last year, Jayasuriya was busy hosting studio shows in Dubai during the Test series and his return to the side is sure to haunt Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his Indian teammates, writes Rex Clementine for the Island.

"I don’t think there’s any complacency whatsoever. This is a new and young side and M.S. Dhoni has done well as a captain. We are aware that it’s going to be a tough contest and we need to play good cricket. We have done well and got the momentum and we need to continue in that manner," he told The Island yesterday.

"We had a good Asia Cup and we have done well in Tests. So the confidence is there and we have to be on top of our game in what’s going to be a keen contest," Jayasuriya added.

"I felt good after the Asia Cup and very happy to be back in form. I was not in the team and some people had faith in me and I am happy with what I did. But then again, everything is in the past and you need to do it all over again as a new series begins."

Jayasuriya said that he had a couple of days off after the Asia Cup tournament and has been involved in training with Sri Lanka ‘A’ team since. "I had one week off. Then started training as usual. The ‘A’ team was training and I was doing the routine training with Prabath Nissanka and Mario Villavarayan, the trainers appointed by the board."


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